1) West Texans are still as opinionated as I remembered and that includes their thoughts on politics.
2) Opinions of political dissatisfaction are almost always punctuated by some sort of deep primal noise to make their point.
3) Most West Texans would like to speak to Barry themselves. They can do without their representatives speaking for them.
4) The food is to die for, but no matter what my family says, I go there to visit them not the food. (winkety wink)
Because I didn't have my crackberry yet, and because I was too lazy to pack a laptop, and because AM radio is all about country music and evangelizing, and because everyone had a life out at the lake or golfing there was no FOX News to straightline. I missed most of my political updates. If I tweaked the radio just right, I could get Hannity, but for the most part I was out of the loop.
On one hand it was nirvana: No Barry and Crew asswipery updates meant I could, for a brief time, pretend that all was well with our great nation. On the other hand it was hell: No Barry and Crew douchbaggery updates to keep me apprised of how the fight is going. As if I didn't know.
I'm back now. I'm rested and ready to fight the good and mighty fight. And just in time, as I see that there is no rest for the wicked...
Blue Dog Democrats. Man, I have never in my life prayed for a group with such intensity as I have been praying for these dudes/dudettes. I suggest you do the same. Nationalized health care = kiss your freedom/monies made/health buh-bye.
I called Rick Perry (gov of Texas) and asked his office if the state planned on any legislation to opt out of this health care debacle. "As of this time there is no legislation pending, but I would be happy to document your opinion and feel free to check on the website to see what's new."
Oh man, did I give her my opinion and my name and told them to get on it. As if.
Next I contacted Lamar Smith who is purportedly fighting with both his asskickin' boots. They advised me no such legislation has been offered. I gave them this example and said that Texas needs to lead damnit and not wait around for Barry to bend us over. We're Texans gosh darn it, we do the bending over.
Ok, fine. My words were a bit more refined, but they totally were feelin' me.
John Cornyn's office advised that they are opposed opposed opposed, but that our numbers are weak. I am not a fan of Cornyn. I have often said that the moment he ran for Congress, he was running for President. I asked if there is a possibility that Cornyn would crack and vote yes for any type of nationalized health care. I was told probably not. Didn't make me feel better. Pissed me off if you must know.
I will tell you this, if ANY Republican votes for this thing, I will post their names often, and most likely with snarky comments and maybe a pic with a drawn on mustache, so all can be reminded as their reelection comes due.
Lastly, I called Kay Bailey's office. I asked for the list of Blue Dogs on the fence. Give me their names! Give me a site to get their names! Give me some numbers to pass along to my readers!
The site Kay Bailey's office referenced is Wikepedia's Blue Dog Coalition. They assured me this list is current and EVERY member with the exception of Loretta Sanchez (I took her name off) is on the fence about the nationalized health care bill.
EVERY MEMBER! People, today there is hope.
I say we call these folks enmasse and relentlessly. Go to the site, click on their names and you will find a link to their site for a number to call. Pass the site around on your email lists. Enlist friends and family to call. CALL CALL CALL!
Tell the Blue Dogs they have a chance to be American Heroes, by voting NO! to this socialistic piece of nonsense that will bankrupt our future and imperil our health. Tell them you will work to get their opposition elected if they fail to deliver a NO! vote. Tell them, as politely but as forcefully as you can muster, that the time to stand up is now.
We need American Heroes. Blue Dogs, won't you join us?
- Jason Altmire (PA-4)
- Mike Arcuri (NY-24)
- Joe Baca (CA-43)
- John Barrow (GA-12)
- Melissa Bean (IL-8)
- Marion Berry (AR-1)
- Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
- Dan Boren (OK-2)
- Leonard Boswell (IA-3)
- Allen Boyd (FL-2)
- Bobby Bright (AL-2)
- Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)
- Christopher Carney (PA-10)
- Ben Chandler (KY-6)
- Travis Childers (MS-1)
- Jim Cooper (TN-5)
- Jim Costa (CA-20)
- Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
- Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3)
- Lincoln Davis (TN-4)
- Joe Donnelly (IN-2)
- Brad Ellsworth (IN-8)
- Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8)
- Bart Gordon (TN-6)
- Parker Griffith (AL-5)
- Jane Harman (CA-36)
- Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration
- Baron Hill (IN-9), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
- Tim Holden (PA-17)
- Frank Kratovil (MD-1)
- Jim Marshall (GA-8)
- Jim Matheson (UT-2)
- Mike McIntyre (NC-7)
- Charlie Melancon (LA-3), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
- Mike Michaud (ME-2)
- Walt Minnick (ID-1)
- Harry Mitchell (AZ-5)
- Dennis Moore (KS-3)
- Patrick Murphy (PA-8)
- Glenn Nye (VA-2)
- Collin Peterson (MN-7)
- Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL)
- Mike Ross (AR-4)
- John Salazar (CO-3)
- Adam Schiff (CA-29)
- David Scott (GA-13)
- Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Whip
- Zack Space (OH-18)
- John Tanner (TN-8)
- Gene Taylor (MS-4)
- Mike Thompson (CA-1)
- Charlie Wilson (OH-6)